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Good health for nation, planet priceless

A healthy planet. Healthy individuals. What more can we want?

According to The Weather Channel, the 2017 hurricane season is among the top 10 most active on record.

An Oct. 6 article on www.witn.com goes on to say: “Scientists say that over time, water in the Atlantic changes. Waters are warmer than they were 30 years ago, according (to) scientists, and warm waters fuel hurricanes. Scientists go on to say that while some of this is natural, some of this is man-made. As the world gets warmer, more intense storms are likely to form more often.” Don’t take one website’s word for it. Search further.

We can’t control Mother Nature, but we can support research and job creation in weather investigation and analysis. A new bill, H.R.353 — the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 — became law April 18 and could be a step forward in finding answers regarding weather conditions and mitigation efforts before they happen.

What’s our role in implementing new research? We can support candidates committed to research and job creation in this area and many others, like medical research, and have discussions with business leaders and educators to force the issues. What else can we do?

Let’s consider the connection between our planet’s health and the health of individuals.

In an article on The Washington Post, American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin said, “We’re committed to making sure the nation knows about the effects of climate change on health. If anyone doesn’t think this is a severe problem, they are fooling themselves.”

There are facts from scientists and professionals on the issues of climate change and health. There is also data showing that facts do not necessarily change opinions.

Here’s a piece from Psychology Today, from July 13, 2010: “Okay, but why do we cling to our views so tenaciously after they are formed? Interesting clues come from two areas of study … self-affirmation and cultural cognition. Both areas suggest that we cling to our views because the walls of our opinions are like battlements that keep the good guys inside (us) safe from the enemy without (all those dopes with different opinions than ours). Quite literally, our views and opinions may help protect us, keep us safe, literally help us survive. Small wonder then that we fight so hard to keep those walls strong and tall.”

So ask yourself how you feel. You are healthy — no serious illness. You feel good about yourself and have a positive self-image. Data suggests if you feel good about yourself, you are more open to facts and changing your opinions. And we’re not even talking about the fact that you can enjoy yourself, hold a job, be productive and contribute to the welfare of society.

Everyone deserves to be healthy. Are you with me? I don’t know anyone who likes to suffer or see pain. Do you? Pain and poor health are counterproductive to a good life for all, not merely some. It follows that we need healthy people to sustain a healthy society, a great America. But, boy oh boy, can we argue about health care and a healthy planet in this country.

If everyone wants to be healthy and nobody wants to suffer or see others suffer, perhaps we might want to invest in keeping everyone healthy and learning how to cure illnesses and diseases. That might just create new jobs and keep lots of folks “on the job.” Research opportunities might just give the economy “a shot in the arm” as well. Raise your hand if you want to cure cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

If everyone is having a good, healthful day, priorities and opinions might shift ever so slightly where it dawns on the country, as individuals, that human life is priceless. There will be a conversation and action about a healthy planet and healthy individuals and how we provide for both. All other expenditures are meaningless. A healthy planet and health care for all Americans is priceless.

You know where your tax money goes. You read every day of the excesses of politicians using your money. If they don’t protect the planet’s health and provide health care for all, they are useless.

Rose Ann Miele is a journalist and was public information officer for Boulder City for nine years. She can be reached at roseannrab@hotmail.com or at 702-339-9082.

Power of people remains at polls

This Sunday is the first anniversary of the Women’s March. Don’t fret, I’m not writing a commercial. I’m looking at a very abbreviated history of individuals coming together to make a statement.

Smiles plant seeds of hope

Before I sit down to write any commentary, I spend lots of time daily thinking about how to begin. What happened today? What needs addressing? I take so many things so seriously, I end up changing the focus daily. As soon as I submit one commentary, I begin thinking about the next. This one took longer than usual.

Action behind opinion sets city apart from others

For more than two decades, I’ve been getting to know Boulder City folks. I baked, cooked and waited on them at local restaurants. I reported news to them. I served them as foundation director at Boulder City Hospital. I worked as Boulder City’s public information officer. I ran for City Council and continue to be involved in city issues and volunteer organizations.

Sharing opinion first step in getting involved

Worrying could be a full-time job. You worry about yourself, the kids, relatives, your job — an endless list. There’s no energy left to get involved with city issues, much less volunteer your time. How can you do everything? Why should you?

Small investment in others reaps large rewards

What makes you so excited that you want to get up and do something? While that’s a matter of individual choice, let’s look at just two examples.

More need to see, study ‘Gateway’ plan

I’ve been sharing this link to the Hoover Dam Gateway plan (http://www.bcnv.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_04192017-386) on Facebook. It points to the April 19 Planning Commission agenda packet. To read the plan, you must go to page 113, since it is not a single document.

Let’s get serious about attainable housing

Money has never meant much to me. Guess I was brought up to think that money was a necessity to pay bills and buy groceries.

Change to growth ordinance not good for residents

The other day, I found something I had written in May 1967. I didn’t believe my eyes. Fifty years ago I wrote that I wanted to do exactly what I am doing today.

Voting essential to being part of community

I’m old enough to remember a time when adults were the authority on everything. If you were a kid, what you said didn’t really matter, because the adults knew best. As a teenager, this was changing, and authority was being questioned.

Residents deserve answers to their questions

Information is tricky difficult to find. Town hall meetings where the public asks questions or even submit items for discussion to be shared publicly don’t take place. Public comments at meetings are limited to five minutes, and answering a speaker’s question or having a dialogue during this five minutes is not permitted. Put this all together, and you have those who believe, correctly or incorrectly, that something is being hidden.